With the buyout, the team has official cut ties with the former CY Young award winner. Santana can return to the team, but the Mets will not have to pay Santana the $25 million he would be owed in 2014 if they decided to pick up his option.
The 34-year-old left hander was acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Twins back in 2008 and has been a slight disappointment in his time with the Mets mostly due to shoulder injuries which caused him to miss two entire seasons. If Santana does return, he would have to accept less money and a lesser role with the team. In a statement released by Santana's agent, he says:
"I am not sure what the future holds as this is all new to me, but I have every intention of pitching in 2014 and beyond and I am certainly keeping all my options open. Believe it!"
In 109 starts with the New York Mets, Johan Santana went 46-34 with a 3.18 ERA. He tossed the team's first no-hitter in franchise history back on June 1, 2012 but hasn't pitched in the majors since August of that same year. If he doesn't return to the Mets, Santana is hopeful that he will be able to help another team.